Meet the team

Depth and breadth of knowledge and experience

  • Dr William (Bill) Higgs

    Dr William (Bill) Higgs

    Chief Operating Officer

    Dr Bill Higgs was appointed as an Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in September 2014 and he is a member of the Technical and Reserves Committee. Bill has over 25 years of global exploration, development and operations experience, the majority with Chevron Corporation. His roles at Chevron included Senior Vice President of Operations for Saudi Arabia Chevron, Reservoir Manager for Tengizchevroil in Kazakhstan, Asset Manager for the BBLT development in Block 14 Angola and General Manager for Strategy for Chevron Corporation. In his time at Chevron he was also a member of the Corporate Reserves Audit Committee and the Decision Review Boards for the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG developments in Australia. Before joining Ophir, Bill spent two and a half years as Chief Executive Officer of Mediterranean Oil & Gas plc (acquired by Rockhopper Exploration plc). Bill has a BSc in Geological Sciences from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Structural Geology from the University of Wales.

  • Dr Oliver Quinn

    Dr Oliver Quinn

    Director - Africa and Global New Ventures

    Dr Oliver Quinn joined Ophir in August 2013. Oliver has 15 years’ upstream Oil and Gas experience. He began his career as a geologist with Shell before moving to Fairfield Energy and more recently Hess Corporation where he held a variety of business development, technical and leadership roles. Oliver has been involved in E&P projects and business development across Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and the Americas. Oliver has a BSc in Geology, a PhD in Petroleum Geoscience and is an alumni of London Business School.

  • Philip Dobson

    Philip Dobson

    Project Manager

    Philip has 35 years oil & gas experience covering all aspects of Oil & Gas developments through appraisal, concept select define and execute. He has managed projects including Offshore Fixed platform, FPSO, Onshore compression and Onshore LNG. Throughout his career he has worked internationally for Oil Majors including Marathon, Talisman, Hess, BP & Shell in countries including Sudan, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea (Marathon EGLNG train 1).

  • Andrew Freear

    Andrew Freear

    Commercial Manager

    Andrew Freear joined Ophir in November 2014 as Commercial Manager responsible for commercial activities in relation to Ophir’s operated interests in Africa. His primary responsibility is for the marketing and negotiation of Fortuna FLNG offtake agreements. He has worked across Upstream development and acquisition projects in North West Europe, Caribbean and North America for UK utility Centrica. Andrew’s experience covers developing commercial structuring and financing requirements for CNG and LNG projects and negotiating multi-party project co-ordination agreements for a stranded gas project based in the Caribbean. This included leading the marketing and negotiation of Gas Sales Agreements with Caribbean based power markets in commercialising CNG in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil.